In March 2020, as the pandemic spread and our interactive activities stalled, our schools and headquarters grew silent without children. The children and families were unable to grow food for themselves – their immediate needs were to survive COVID-19. Consistent with our vision of a happy community living abundantly in a healthy environment, we adapted to the pandemic to continue serving folx in need. Our existing food distribution operations serving 25,000 people had been quickly expanded to serve hundreds of thousands and later millions of people on a regular basis. With the support of our extensive existing partnerships, we began moving food and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure food security and the safety and well-being of families within the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
By the end of 2020, Farmer Frog and our Sister nonprofit the National Tribal Emergency Management Council, along with other organizations such as International Sustainable Nutrition Partners, EastWest Food Rescue, Culturas Unidas Food Network, the Nakani Native Program, The Silent Taskforce, and Global Social Business Partners, as leading members of a growing coalition of over 700 organizations, had distributed over 35 million pounds of food. In receiving 50-300,000 lbs of food across three to six semi-trucks a day, our team and Unified Command Center had become a staple source of supplies in Washington State. Though we started with just 12,000 lbs of potatoes and 6,500 lbs of onions, our ability to organize and dedicate ourselves to the Land and her Peoples, had proven itself tenfold.
Our records were showing our food distribution operation in the heart of Paradise Farm regularly supporting hundreds of thousands of Washingtonian households. Not limited to State boundaries, we also service three hundred and fifteen thousand Tribal members in addition to food recipients of 36 other States in America. In total, we provided support to nearly three million Americans during 2020 – 1% of the nation. The majority of the community we serve is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color). The volumes of food distributed categorized Farmer Frog as one of the largest and critical emergency response food relief operations in the State and now also include PPE in response to COVID-19, clothes and hygienic items for the shelter insecure, toys for youth, and more. As of the end of May 2021, we have facilitated the distribution of over 110 million pounds of food.
We serve organizations on Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to noon, at our FLOOR (Food, Logistics, Operations Offices and Resources) Center center Paradise Farm (23210 Paradise Lake Rd., Woodinville WA 98077) We follow strict COVID protocol and ask all recipients to wear a mask and practice social distance even if fully vaccinated (if the window is down, mask up!)